I started decking my house out for the holidays back in September to get ready for the holiday home tour. Now that it has past, I can share the fruits of my decorating labors. It is the most holiday decorating I've ever done, so I wanted to document the overdose of holiday cheer in my house in case next year I take a more bah humbug approach to holiday decorating. Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Our neighborhood holiday home tour festivities begin tomorrow evening. We are one of five properties featured on the tour, and we've been getting ready for this event since August. I snapped these pictures this evening after we finished hanging the live cedar garland across the front porch. The garland was donated to each of the tour homes by a local landscaper, and now our halls are completely decked!
My favorite part of our front decor is this tree base that Tyler made from scrap wood and old siding to elevate our white tree.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I bought this black canvas at the local art supply to hang in an unfilled corner of my back den. (I had an extra wood floater frame that I put it in seen above).
I decided that I wanted to paint an owl on the black canvas using white chalk pen. Owls are wintry right? (I'm still decorating for the home tour next weekend.) I perused Pinterest for some owl inspiration and came across Picasso's simple line drawn owl, which I really liked, and knew I could recreate.
I used a 6mm and 1mm version of these chalk pens and set to work.
The shape is so simple and minimalist, it was easy to recreate with the chalk pens. I looked at a bunch of line drawn owls for inspiration, and most of them looked really cutesy and juvenile, but not Picasso's. I guess that is part of his genius. Here is my finished owl in his new home.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Tyler recently built this floating media cabinet inspired by something he saw in Dwell magazine.
Our old media cabinet consisted of two Ikea cabinets pushed together, atop which sat an old, heavy, large rear-projection TV. We upgraded our TV to a wall mounted unit this summer, which led to the freedom of a wall mounted media cabinet design.
For the cabinet, Tyler salvaged a few old pieces like this dresser above and an end table. He built varying sized boxes to house his electronic components and attached all the pieces to the wall. He wanted the elevations of the boxes to be staggered in height and depth, and put much thought into how the different pieces could work together across the wall to create a unique look for the piece. Here are a few shots of the cabinet in progress.
...and here is the finished piece